As part of the national public broadcasting system, New England Public Radio (NEPR) brings its 166,900 weekly listeners acclaimed news and entertainment programs like All Things Considered and Morning Edition, A Prairie Home Companion and Car Talk. Our locally produced programs feature classical, jazz, and world music, and our own award-winning regional news.
Our mission is to provide the area with diverse news, information, music and cultural programs of the highest quality. NEPR is committed to programs that entertain, educate, and inform in a lively, provocative, varied, and sensitive way. We help listeners explore and enjoy the world around them and enhance the quality of their lives.
Internship opportunities are available in News, Production, Marketing, Digital Media, and our Music Library. These opportunities are designed with two purposes in mind: to provide experience in the student’s area of interest and to help NEPR meet its operational needs. NEPR will conduct an initial screening of applicants and contact finalists for interviews.
NEPR offers paid internships at our Springfield studio for students from the Five Colleges: UMass Amherst and Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges. Internships are available during the summer for students who don’t attend those schools; however, priority is given to students from the Five Colleges. In addition, three paid internships per year are available to students from Berkshire Community College.
Applying for an Internship at NEPR
Internships are offered for a minimum period of one semester with the expectation of 8-10 hours per week of student time. An internship may be renewed for an additional period.
Applicants must complete the NEPR Internship Application Form. A cover letter, writing sample (if applying for news, marketing or digital media internships) and resumé are required. If you have questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadlines for internship applications:
- Fall Semester: September 6th for Media Lab, September 15th for all other internships
- Spring Semester: December 15th
- Summer (late May/early June through August): April 1st
News – Applicants should be interested in journalism and public affairs, familiar with news writing and digital audio production, comfortable interviewing newsmakers and enjoy working under deadline. Students will work alongside NEPR’s experienced news team, learn the basics and get on air. Familiarity with NPR programs and public radio style is preferred. An understanding of basic web production is a plus. Two of these positions per semester are based at NEPR’s Springfield studio, with preference given to students from the Five Colleges. One position per semester is based at NEPR’s Berkshire County bureau in downtown Pittsfield, with preference given to Berkshire Community College students.
- Pitch story ideas to the News Director
- Schedule and perform interviews in the studio, by telephone and in the field
- Report, voice and mix spot and feature-length stories for broadcast
Production – Applicants should have excellent writing and above average computer skills. This is a good internship for a student who wants to work in broadcasting, but not necessarily in journalism. Students will gain experience in the following areas:
- Audio production using Adobe Audition
- Project Organization
- Persuasive Writing
Marketing – Applicants should have a general knowledge of marketing strategies and above average computer and writing skills. Students will gain experience in the following areas of non-profit marketing:
- Database maintenance
- Assist with production of reports
- Event planning assistance
- Management of online networking activity including Facebook and Twitter
Digital Media – Applicants should be interested in content creation and production as well as have above average computer and writing skills. An understanding of basic web production is a plus. This is a good internship for a student interested in audio recording, video editing, and photography. Students will gain experience in the following areas:
- Work with audio engineers to acquire recordings (music and voice)
- Audio Production
- Video capture and editing
Music Library – Applicants should have knowledge of classical music and strong computer skills, particularly using data bases. This internship works with the station’s classical music library and is ideal for candidates with a background in music and an interest in data base management or library science. The intern will work with the library’s physical and digital assets including ripping CDs into the automation system and downloading music from online sources. Students will gain experience in the following areas:
- Classical music programming
- Maintenance of an extensive music data base
- Maintenance of an active music library
Media Lab – Applicants should be interested in journalism and public affairs (including issues inner city youth typically face), familiar with news writing, comfortable working with high school students and enjoy being part of a team. Experience working as a teacher or aid in a classroom is a plus. Alongside NEPR’s media lab director, interns work directly with high school students, helping them to develop story ideas and take those stories from inception to production. Interns will learn the basics of radio journalism, including sound editing and production. Two intern positions per semester are based at NEPR’s Springfield studio, with preference given to students from the Five Colleges.
- Attend and help facilitate group meetings with students at the station and area high schools
- Accompany students out into the field to gather sound for stories.
- Work one-on-one or in small groups as students develop their stories